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Wednesday February 20, 2002Baseball Shuts Out Savannah State 14-0

Gainesville, FL

A five-hit, seven strikeout, 6.0-inning pitching performance from Jimmy Ramshaw and an 11-run offensive explosion over the final two innings led No. 13/7/11 Florida to a 14-0 victory against Savannah State Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. The victory improves Florida to 9-0 on the season and drops Savannah State to 12-4 overall. The 9-0 record ranks third on UF’s all-time best baseball season starts list behind the Gators’ 11-0 start in 1989 and 10-0 beginning in 1956.

The Gator pitching staff held visiting Savannah State to just eight hits and one walk. The Gators also struck out a combined 12 Tigers, the most this year. Ramshaw (1-0) allowed just five hits, no runs and struck out seven batters in 6.0 innings of work. It was Ramshaw’s first start and win of the season. Also seeing action where relievers Mike Pete (0.1 IP), Kevin Coleman (1.2 IP) and Ben Hedgecock (1.0 IP).

Florida built a 3-0 fifth inning lead as it scored two runs on Aaron Davidson’s two-RBI single in the fourth and Mark Kiger’s RBI fielders choice in the fifth.

Savannah State (12-4) threatened the 3-0 lead in the seventh as it put runners on first and third base with one out but Gator reliever Kevin Coleman promptly struck out two Tigers to end the inning.

Florida exploded for a combined 11 runs over the final two innings to put the game out of reach. Ben Harrison led off the eighth with a bunt single followed by Aaron Sobieraj’s home run left field. A Brian Rose groundout and singles from Aaron Davidson and Mattt Goss each drove in runs in the eighth inning.

Three Gators finished with three-hit performances. Aaron Sobieraj went 3-6 with two RBI and two runs, Mark Kiger finished 3-5 with three runs and a RBI and Aaron Davidson added a 3-5, three RBI day.

The shutout was Florida’s first since a 1-0 victory at Vanderbilt on March 31, 2001. Ramshaw also started in that victory, pitching a career-high 8.0 innings and striking out a career-high nine batters.

Savannah State starter Ricardo Castillo (4-2) took the loss after allowing 13 hits and eight earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched.

Florida is back in action this weekend at home against Siena. Game times are 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

GAME NOTES

*Florida is now 2-0 all-time vs. Savannah State including a 35-1 victory last season.

*The victory marked Florida’s first shutout victory since a 1-0 win against Vanderbilt on March 31, 2001.

*Aaron Davidson extended his hit streak to nine games on the season with a 3-5, 3-RBI day.

*Jeff Corsaletti finished with his first career hit today. He also drove in two RBI on his double to right field.

*Jimmy Ramshaw started his first game of the season.

*With its 18-hit performance today, Florida has now hit double figures in hits in eight of its nine games. On the pitching side, Florida pitching has held opponents to 10 or fewer hits in six of nine games this season.

*The Gators have also hit 21 home runs in nine games on the season.

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